John will be presenting the following sessions
  • Jutta Eckstein

    Jutta Eckstein / John Buck - Beyond KPIs and OKRs: Creating an environment for high-performing, innovative teams that leads to true effectiveness

    480 Mins

    Too often innovative people in medium to large organizations have the feeling of being in a box - with startling new ideas - and no one really listens. In essence, these innovators are trying to “measure performance upwards.” This upward voice intrinsically measures strategies and customer impact, and applying the concept can significantly improve the overall performance without relying on top down OKRs and KPIs. Moreover, “measuring from above,” tends to measure the output of production rather than the truly important outcome: what is really making a difference for our customers and therefore for our company.


    Adding “measurement from below” to a company can create a mindset that empowers everyone to follow their passion and interest and nourish the company’s effectiveness. Implementing a “from below” approach to measurement involves a fundamental shift that asks the company to synthesize a variety of new approaches. One such synthesis is Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, Sociocracy, and Agile (BOSSA nova). This synthesis enables a company to “measure upwards” without jeopardizing the strengths of “leading downwards.” Fortunately, the implementation can be done in small steps that probe and demonstrate new measurement ideas on a small scale such that the proof cascades beyond the demonstration. This session will enable you to get started on your journey to spreading the idea of upwards measurement company-wide.


    This workshop asks participants to start where they are, explains what it means to probe, and helps them develop strategies and experiments they can use in their own situation to create an environment for high performance that goes beyond what OKRs and KPIs can offer.

  • Jutta Eckstein

    Jutta Eckstein / John Buck - Don’t Fail Fast - Learn fast: Failing fast is an option. But innovating fast is a must

    90 Mins

    Often in agile working environments, people aim for failing fast. Yet failure is not the goal - learning is. Failure can lead to learning and so can other approaches. It can lead beyond continuous improvement to transformative learning: seeing your situation from a whole new framework in a way that lets you learn by leaps of insight.

    In this workshop we present specific ways to probe, using hypothesis, and experiments will help you and your team to learn fast. This approach provides a way to get into the mindset of learning and thus always developing.

    Usually a failure is to do nothing… or to do anything (blindly). The key even for big issues is to make small bets (hypothesis) and learn through experiments what's the impact. So, gain insights by (in)validating the bet. In summary it's about thinking big but acting small (and safely). Note, that every great idea, every innovation is at first a guess or rather a hypothesis and only experiments allow us to find out if our idea is really as great as we thought at first.

1. What got you started/interested in Agile?

I was originally taught the waterfall approach (pre 2001). When I had control over my own team, we instinctively used what would become an agile approach.

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by the Agile community today?

Expanding company-wide, expanding to incorporate other methodologies such as transformative learning. 

3. Tell us about the session(s) you will be presenting at the conference and why did you choose those topics?

The sessions Jutta and I are doing are amplifying different aspects of our new book, Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy. Our emphasis in the Coaches Camp and the Beyond KPIs and OKRs workshop is on how to compose and execute a probe.

4. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?

The importance of properly conceived and executed probes. The importance of reflection. 

5. Which are your favourite sessions at Agile India this year? (Sessions that you are looking forward to attending)

The keynotes by Dave Snowden and Anita Bhandari


6. Any personal remarks/message you want to share with the Agile Community?

Damn the virus. Full speed ahead!